Our project objective is to provide free process-based art experiences to young children ages birth to five to prepare students for successful participation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs during elementary school.
STEAM is the movement of adding arts education (liberal arts, fine arts, music, design-thinking, and language arts) into the STEM field. The "A” in STEAM promotes curiosity and can create a pathway in attracting more students, specifically underrepresented groups into STEM fields. By participating in Budding Artists process-focused art programming, children will learn how to think critically, problem-solve and use creativity, which are all necessary skills needed in order to compete in this global economy.
The arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures in our community, are essential to a well-rounded PreK-12 education.
Of business leaders say that creativity is the one skill they are seeking when hiring.
Of students dropout of schools with a high percentage of arts participation and low socioeconomic status - five times lower than their low socioeconomic status peers.
Of all 3 and 4 year olds attend Preschool in California;
Many of California’s poorest kids do not have access to publicly-funded preschool programs, despite being eligible.
children in California are enrolled in visual and performing arts courses.
Of the poorest public elementary schools don't even have an art room.
The Arts Unify Our Communities
7 in 10 Americans believe the arts unify their communities, and 2 in 5 Americans have changed an opinion or perception based on an arts experience.